Episode 11: Under Fire
on the TV episode: Under Fire
Original Broadcast: Monday 8th April 1974, BBC
Radio 4, 6.15pm
Recording: Friday 27th July 1973
Adapted for Radio by Michael Knowles & Harold Snoad
Based on the Television Scripts by Jimmy Perry & David
Produced By John Dyas.
investigate a local resident who is believed to be a German Spy,
while Square continually throws a spanner
in the works...
Arthur Lowe (Captain Mainwaring) , John Le Mesurier (Sergeant
Wilson), Clive Dunn (Lance Corporal Jones), John Laurie
(Private Frazer), Arnold Ridley (Private Godfrey),
Pearl Hackney (Mrs. Pike), Geoffrey Lumsden (Square),
Avril Angers (Mrs. Keane), David Gooderson (Mr. Murphy)
John Snagge (BBC Announcer)
Fire has the distinction of been one of three Dad's
Army episodes, which no longer exist in the BBC Television
archive. Fortunately, a version was recorded by some of
the cast for BBC radio in 1973.
Fire features a memorable drill lead by Corporal -
Colonel Square in which Lance Corporal Jones and Private
Godfrey are required to ride on bicycles.
script writer, Michael Knowles recalled the making of
a Dad's Army Radio episode, which required Corporal
Jones to ride a bicycle, in Bill Pertwee's book Dad's
Army - The Making of A Television Legend.
Dyas (the radio series producer) decided it would be a
good idea if Clive Dunn actually rode a bicycle on the
stage. Clive's enthusiastic response to this was immediate.
"I would like to ride a bicycle round the stage,
sir!" With that he leapt astride the bike and tried
several circuits of the stage before the idea was abandoned
as being not only too dangerous for the cast but also
for the audience! As it turned out, it worked better when
Clive walked between two microphones. Such is the magic
Angers appears here as Mrs. Keane, a role originally played
by Queenie Watts in the television version.
Ian Lavender does not feature in this episode.
on BBC Radio Collection Cassette: Dad's
Army 6 - The Menace From The Deep
Army Radio Episode Guide
researched and designed by Andy Howells (c) 2003. Design revised:
Andy Howells (C) 2003.